Here at New Haven High, we have a lot of involved students. Many are involved in multiple clubs and sports.The teachers here at NHHS were also very involved when they were in high school, even though some teachers came from different schools.
Many of the teachers went to New Haven High School, but other teachers, like Mr. Hagedorn, came from Union High School. Some other schools include Orchard Farms, Washington, Sullivan, St. Charles West, St. Clair, and Kirkwood High School. We even have a teacher and principal that went to school in different states! Ms. McCroskey went to Brentwood High School in Tennessee and Mr. Stutzman went to Parkview Baptist School in Louisiana.
We have many clubs offered here at NHHS, such as FBLA and FCA, but other schools offer another variety of clubs. Many of the teachers were involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, FBLA, FCCLA, and FCA. Some other clubs included Pep Club, French Club, Latin Club, German Club, and Scholar Bowl. They were also involved in band, choir, and journalism. For example, Mrs. Oelrichs, Mrs. Hoener, Mrs. Anderson, Mr. A. Peirick, Ms. McCroskey, Ms. River, Mr. Pruessner, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Koch were all involved in National Honor Society.
The teachers were also involved in many of the same sports the students at NHHS participate in, such as cross country, softball, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, track and field, and sport teams managers. Mr. Hagedorn, Mr. Tucker, Mr. Witthaus, Mr. Stutzman, and Mr. Steinhoff all played football in high school.
When asked what the teachers would say to students who want to get involved, they all had very similar answers. Many of the teachers said, “Just do it!”
Mrs. Anderson said, “It's worth taking the time to get involved. Sharing common interests and experiences helps build relationships in high school and for the future. Most of my best opportunities and memories from high school happened because of organizations and sports I was involved with.”
Ms. McCroskey stated, “I would say that there is never going to be a time when you're ‘ready’ to get involved or do something you are afraid of doing. If you're waiting until ‘later’ when you're less busy or more mentally prepared to take that leap, you'll never do it. If you don't push yourself to do something scary now, you'll never push yourself later.”
Also, when asked if teachers thought getting involved in high school betters you for your future, they all agree that extracurriculars definitely prepare you for life.
Ms. River pronounced, “It helps to develop and instill many important characteristics that can carry forward into other areas of your life. Some of those traits and lessons either cannot be learned in normal classroom settings or are better developed through the activity experiences. Responsibility, work ethic, persistence, working with others, self discipline, adherence to fair play, being coachable, being a good teammate, handling pressure, etc. I could go on and on. The lessons and experiences I encountered in athletics at a young age still help me every day.”
Mrs. Koch said, “Involvement in activities and clubs will teach you what most classrooms cannot consistently cover. It is essential to be involved if you want to be a well-rounded individual. There are reasons why schools offer such activities and clubs and why colleges look at applications not only for grade point averages and test scores but also for involvement. Skills taught and learned from activities and clubs are essential life skills that one would need to be successful in the future.”
As the teachers said, getting involved has so many benefits! Not only do you get to be involved with your school and community, but you also make new friends while preparing for the real world too!
So, how are you going to get involved?